Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women

Skye Saunders In Conversation with Karen Middleton

Sunday 26 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

WHISPERS FROM THE BUSH: The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women by Skye Saunders in Conversation with Karen Middleton.

Does the male dominated nature of rural life in Australia enshrine sexual harassment behaviour as 'normal'? This book is a first to listen to those 'whispers from the bush' through careful research and 107 interviews culminating in a beautifully written book which shines a light on behaviours which have long been hidden. Skye Saunders is in conversation with one of Australia's most respected journalists and writers, Chief Political Correspondent of The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton.

Dr. Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in Law at the Australian National University and is the Vice President of the YWCA Canberra. She is a passionate and committed advocate for the advancement of gender equality, including the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls in Australia and internationally. A regular speaker at national and international conferences and events, Skye ignites the inherent empathy and perception in both men and women as a central part of her mission to disrupt sex discrimination in the workplace. She is currently researching for her new book project,  'Defying Gravity - Rising Above Sex Discrimination in the Workplace'.

Karen Middleton is Chief Political Correspondent for  The  Saturday  Paper. Previously Chief Political Correspondent for SBS Television, Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and served as its president for four years. Karen is an experienced television, radio and newspaper commentator, appearing regularly on ABC TV’s political talk show Insiders.  She is a freelance contributor to ABC Radio, Monocle24 Radio UK and Radio New Zealand and is based in Canberra.